Call of Duty: Warzone QA workers unionize within Activision Blizzard

Quality control employees at Raven Software application, a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, are unionizing with the Interaction Employees of America (CWA). The group, called Video game Employee Alliance, is the very first group of employees to form a unit under Activision Blizzard. Employees are asking the business to willingly acknowledge the union, which has the assistance of the “supermajority” of Raven Software application QA employees — 78% of the qualified employees, a CWA agent informed Polygon.

The system is comprised of 34 members.

Some Raven Software application QA employees have actually been on strike because early December, after Activision Blizzard rejected brand-new agreements for 12 members of the QA group. The strike of “several dozen workers,” according to the Washington Post, has no end date, and management has not yet reacted to employees needs.

“Today, I am proud to join with a supermajority of my fellow workers to build our union, Game Workers Alliance (CWA),” Raven Software application QA tester Becka Aigner stated in a press release. “In the video game industry, specifically Raven QA, people are passionate about their jobs and the content they are creating. We want to make sure that the passion from these workers is accurately reflected in our workplace and the content we make. Our union is how our collective voices can be heard by leadership.”

According to the CWA, Activision Blizzard has actually not complied with worker-organizers. Rather, it’s “used surveillance and intimidation tactics, including hiring notorious union busters, to silence workers.”

“We ask that Activision Blizzard management respect Raven QA workers by voluntarily recognizing CWA’s representation without hesitation,” Communications Employees of America secretary-treasurer Sara Steffens stated in a declaration. “A collective bargaining agreement will give Raven QA employees a voice at work, improving the games they produce and making the company stronger. Voluntary recognition is the rational way forward.”

On Tuesday, Microsoft revealed its objective to obtain Activision Blizzard — consisting of Raven Software application. When the $68.7 billion offer is completed in 2023, Activision Blizzard employees will report to Microsoft Video gaming CEO Phil Spencer. Till the offer is authorized, nevertheless, Bobby Kotick will stay as Activision Blizzard CEO, in spite of employees requiring his resignation in the wake of several suits and federal examinations into the business’s work environment culture.

Activision Blizzard has actually not reacted to Polygon’s ask for remark.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.